A walk in Tangier
Because Hicham Bouzid made us want more of Tangier, here are some essential addresses in Tangier. To discover or rediscover as soon as we have knocked out the Covid. A walk in Tangier in 4 stops, let's go.
A few steps from the Mur des Paresseux (Sour Al Maâgazine) where we can admire the view of the Mediterranean Sea and neighbouring Spain, we start with the Librairie des Insolites.
The Librairie des Insolites opened its doors in Tangier in 2010, rue Khalid Ibn Oualid ex-Vélasquez. A stone’s throw from the historic Librairie des Colonnes, the Librairie des Insolites has made a place in the sun in Tangéroise cultural life. Reading, watching, listening, feeling are the promises of this atypical place, both a French-language bookshop and an exhibition space where you can find new and used books and all kinds of works of art. Its founder, Stéphanie Gaou, claims a committed position, we will find in the shelves books on the city of Tangier of course, but also Africa, the Mediterranean, post-colonial studies, as well as masterpieces of literature, Moroccan, French and foreign. Apart from the pandemic, the Librairie des Insolites is a place of culture that lives to the rhythm of signings, openings and literary meetings.
In the direction of the medina, we stop at the Cinémathèque de Tanger.
La Cinémathèque de Tanger
In 2004, the former Rif cinema was saved by a collective of artists including Yto Barrada, who transformed this mythical building from the 1930s into a film library, the first cultural center in North Africa dedicated to cinema. Located on the Place du Grand Socco, at the junction between the medina and the modern city, the Cinémathèque de Tanger has two screening rooms, an archives room, a library, and a café where you can enjoy a café au lait, a drink typical of the region. The Tangier Cinémathèque selects independent films from all over the world, organizes festivals, meetings, and concerts. Under the direction of Sido Lansari, this place remains a place of meeting, of mixing, resolutely open on the city thanks to its large terrace.
On the road to the Kasbah, we are hot, this is the opportunity to stop at the Kasbah Juice Bar.
The Kasbah Juice Bar
The Kasbah juice bar is a small juice bar located on the rise to the Kasbah district of Tangier. Alongside the must-have orange juice, freshly squeezed daily juices, iced teas and a selection of sweet treats, from Apple Pie to Lemon Cake. With the arrival of sunny days, polo shirts (water ice cream on a stick) natural and without added sugar are prepared every day to quench your thirst and better face all the slopes of the city of Tangier: lemon-mint, beetroot, tangerine and other flavors. To discover next door, the Kasbah Boutique, exhibition space and concept store.
We catch our breath before entering Las Chicas
Las Chicas is a concept store created in 2012 by Ayda Diouri and Yasmine Durner who put “Made in Morocco” at the heart of this plural space located in an old Moroccan house. Somewhere between design, craftsmanship and fashion, we find in Las Chicas a selection of Moroccan designers in cosmetics, decoration, jewelry, ready-to-wear etc. from Dima Terroir to Rock Da Kasbah, to Ulili or The Moroccans and many others. Upstairs, lunch, drink and food, especially sweet, are served from Monday to Saturday, in the quiet of the hustle and bustle of the city with a view of the Kasbah.